Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Homes







James Coy Bolles

(August 16, 1920 - April 8, 2010)


James Coy Bolles, 89, of Arcola, died at 2:37 AM Thursday, April 8, 2010 at his home in Arcola. Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the Arcola United Methodist Church, 121 S. Locust Street, Arcola, with Rev. Bruce Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Arcola Cemetery with military rites accorded. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM Saturday at Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust Street, Arcola.

James was born August 16, 1920 at Trenton, NJ to William Horton and Mary Bessie (Coy) Bolles. He married Leona Marian Day on August 10, 1940 at Cranberry, NJ. Survivors include his wife, Leona Bolles of Arcola; one daughter, Priscilla Joyce Arrol and husband Dr. Robert Arrol, M.D. of Arcola; one son, James Wesley Bolles and wife Lynn of Birmingham, AL; 5 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 3 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; half-sister, Olive Eugenia Wellnitz; brother, Daniel Edgar Bolles, and grandson, Scott Kerby Arrol.

James graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, NJ and attended Trenton State Teachers College and Rider Business College in Trenton, NJ. He worked for a short time on a farm before being employed by the Central Railroad of New Jersey and as a clerk at Port Newark, NJ. During WWII, from June 1944 to January 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Apprentice Seaman 1st Class. For a few days before the Battle of Okinawa, his ship participated in simulated landings on the opposite side of the island in order to confuse the Japanese as to where the actual assault was to take place. After the war he returned to his work as a clerk on the railroad. In 1951 he began work at American Cyanamid in their traffic depot, soon moving to corporate headquarters at Rockefeller Center in New York City. In 1960 he was transferred to the American Cyanamid plant in New Orleans, LA where he served as the plantís traffic control manager until his health forced his retirement in 1984. In 1994 he and his wife moved to Arcola where they lived until his death.

James was a devout Christian and served as a Trustee at the Arcola United Methodist Church. He sang in his various church choirs over the years. He loved reading, eating out with friends, and visiting with family. Memorials may be made in Jamesí name to the Arcola United Methodist Church; St Judeís in Memphis, TN; or to the American Heart Association. Online condolences to the family may be sent to: